Tuesday, July 23, 2013


Thanks for tuning in to another episode of My Weekend Finds, the continuing saga of one girl's quest for more junk!~~~~~~~~~~The finding of junk has been pretty slow going. So slow that what you are about to see is 2 weeks worth of junk. 
Ever since seeing a vintage green plastic bird cage on a Flickr friend's photostream, I've yearned for one of my own. Unfortunately they can be very expensive. I think I must have won this beauty on Ebay literally minutes after the seller listed it, because it was a Buy It Now deal, and the price was amazing! I'm crazy about this thing, but it boggles my mind to think that it survived all of these years, being that it's hard plastic. How did it not get dropped, and shatter into a thousand pieces?!? 
While we're up on that bookshelf, let's look at the new girl on the block! It's the girl in the middle, flashing the bling on her finger! I found her at the flea market, and Mr. Old Glory said that as soon as he saw her on the seller's table, he knew he was in trouble!
The little shabby blue can on the left is the newest addition to the watering can collection.
And while we're up there admiring the watering cans, you might as well take a look at the birdie for the bird cage that sits up there. I think I said in my last My Weekend Finds post that as long as I'm collecting bird cages, I might as well have some birds in there too. Makes perfect sense, doesn't it?!
I found this picnic tin at the flea market too, and it's almost identical to the one under those little watering cans, but it's alot bigger. I spotted it soon after arriving and asked  Mr. Old Glory to carry it the rest of the way. That's the sign of a real man, one who is willing to carry a picnic basket while walking the flea market! 
I know I've mentioned Mr. O.G. alot in this post, and this pink pre-lit tree is the perfect example of why I think he's just the greatest. I brought it home from a garage sale and I told him that I was going to use it in my Easter decorations. The man just said "Oh! That's nice!". No questions asked, no giving me a look like I'm crazy. You gotta love a guy like that, but I bet alot of you junkers have very tolerant husbands too! Later this week, I'll share some junk of the garden variety. So, did you find any good junk that your hubby had to carry home for you?! 

Friday, July 12, 2013


Let's see what's blooming at the cottage this week!~~~~I decided at the start of this growing season that I wouldn't do a garden post every week, because if you follow my blog, you've seen it all last year! So instead I'll just share new junk I might find and a periodic update on what's blooming! 
I've had this rusty......milk carrier?... for quite awhile. I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it, but it was going to take some time.
So I started collecting vintage blue Ball canning jars. I'm sure I could have made this all come together faster, but it was a case of forgetting that I was supposed to be looking for blue Ball jars!
Finally, enough jars to fill the carrier! And here's what's blooming this week:
Ladybells. Don't you just love that name?! They're pretty, but they're also the bane of my existence. They spread eeeeeverywhere!
Gooseneck Loosestrife. Go ahead and say that fast three times, I dare you!
Monarda. Or Bee Balm. Whatever you call it, it looks like fireworks to me!
Every time I make a bouquet from the garden, I always include hosta leaves. 
This little collection of flowers couldn't be left out in the sun, so it's now sitting by the back door. A little cottage-y welcome!
I found this birdfeeder at a garage sale weeks ago. I was just going to paint it and place it somewhere in the garden. 
But then I found this while on vacation. It's been called everything from a lifeguard chair to a lighthouse since we brought it home!
But when I put the two things together, and plunked it in the garden in the middle of all of the daisies, it became a trellis for my cottage garden!
I weaved the pink rosebush onto it, and although it's pretty much done blooming, it's going to look amazing next year! I've always wanted something like this for the garden, and actually contemplated making one myself. This was much easier! I'm bananas about it!~~~~~~~~~~So, have you found any interesting junk for your garden?!? 

Monday, July 8, 2013

Persistence Pays Off!---MY WEEKEND FINDS

Thanks for tuning in to another episode of My Weekend Finds, the continuing saga of one girl's quest for more junk!
Every week at the flea market, IT would be there, and every week I would leave IT behind, yearning for IT to be mine.
But alas, it was way too expensive for this cheap girl! Perhaps I could find one cheaper on Ebay. Ah yes, but   the shipping would be a killer.
Last week, a glimmer of hope. Everything on the table was 50% off. Momentary excitement, but Rats! Still much more than I could justify paying. Then I remembered that this seller slashes his prices by 75% at the end of July. But would he do it TODAY?
YES! Yes he would! It's a garage/shed to go along with those tin dollhouses. Isn't it adorable? 
That hose is so neat and tidy, unlike mine, which is always sprawled out across the driveway, ready to trip someone.
GAH! Look at that sweet wheelbarrow and old timey mower!
I know it's supposed to be a garage, but it's most definitely cute enough to live in!
I can't wait to drag the ladder into the house so that I can put it up on the shelf next to my dollhouse! And I think it's official: I need some dollies to go along with the house and garage!
The watering can with the little girl and the butterfly is the newest addition to the collection.
You might have already seen the Tonka truck in my patriotic decorations, but it's a recent find, along with the  two vintage sand pails. The seller was actually using the fishy one as an ashtray, and I think he thought I was pretty silly to ask about it, but he gave it to me for free! Never EVER hurts to ask....
I found a clip-on bird for the cage in the bathroom. If I'm going to collect bird cages, there might as well be some birds in there, right?!
The little yellow bud vase on the right is a recent find.
A big bottlebrush wreath, a tiny elf and a fluffy deer.
And an old transistor radio. I guess the reason why I'm so drawn to transistors is that when I was younger, I would always have mine with me, and it was always tuned to WLS. Does anyone remember Larry Lujack? What a great disc jockey he was! And what a thrill to be able to pick up that station when we would be on vacation, 350 miles from Chicago and in the middle of the Northwoods of Wisconsin! As a teenager, it was definitely a Godsend!~~~~~~~~~So, what kind of junk did you find? 

Wednesday, July 3, 2013


You're never going to believe this, but I haven't decorated inside for the 4th. At all.  ME, whose favorite holiday is the 4th of July! It's a disgrace, isn't it? Rest assured, I made up for it on the outside of the house! I must say, Old Glory Cottage sure does live up to her name when the patriotic holidays roll around!
Can't wait 'til the Black-Eyed Susans begin to bloom beneath the bushes. It will be a riot of color!
I made this wreath a few years ago, and it hangs on the front door. Let's head out to the front porch..... 
I made the picket flag and painted the milk can alot of years ago!
I coveted that spindle with the flags from Terry's Village for a long time but could never afford it. Years later I found one at a garage sale. If you wait, it will come!
The porch swing. That OLD GLORY pillow was a gift from Sue at It's A Very Cherry World! Ok, now let's walk around to the back of the house. Did I forget to warn you that this was going to be a long post with lots of pictures? Consider yourself warned!
The back porch, with minimal decorations.
Thinking outside the box. I saw this sparkly Christmas tree topper at a dollar store and knew right away that it was going to be perfect for the windowbox. It looks really cute at night all lit up. I'd share a pic, but it just ends up looking like a big white blob....
The birdie in the cage got a sparkly party hat!
Summer blankets.......
Finally found my very own Tonka truck at the flea. Sorry Mr. Old Glory, but I swiped a few of your firecrackers!
Watering cans in need of fresh coats of paint....
When I saw these star tablecloth weights at Dollar Tree last year, I had a really great idea of what I could do with them. Problem was, I didn't buy them right away and never did get any until this year. 
They clip onto things so easily.....
Like an umbrella! Finally, an idea brought to fruition, and it only took a year!
A hen and her chicks in the garage windowbox. 
BIG SAMMY, another project from years ago. He's taller than I am!
The red bicycle. Sure wish I could think of something patriotic to put in that basket on the back. Any ideas?
Well it was driving me nuts, not being able to share the cuteness of this, so I just went outside to try to get a decent shot. And it actually worked. YAY!!!~~~~So now you've seen Old Glory Cottage in all her patriotic glory. I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th of July!